112 Days
Until Election Day


July 15, 2008

MORNING UPDATE:

McCAIN
HEADQUARTERS GRAND OPENING…with Governor Mitt Romney was a
huge success. Hundreds of volunteers and activists crowded the new
headquarters and listened to Governor Romney fire up the
troops.

SCOTT ROMNEY NEW McCAIN CO-CHAIR…McCain Co-Chair Chuck Yob
announced last night that Scott Romney would join him, National
Committeewoman Holly Hughes and Congressman Fred Upton as part of
the McCain leadership team in Michigan. A great addition to the
team. I personally liked Chuck’s line when he introduced me
as “our great Chairman”. ?

OBAMA ON THE ISSUES…where is he today on any issue? Who
knows? Mr. Obama has a character problem…you just
can’t trust him?!? Iraq, public financing, town hall debates,
FISA, old friends vs new friends, gun control and the list goes
on…and on. Who is the real Barack Obama? Someone willing to
say anything it takes to get elected…politics as
usual…or even worse.

CNBC RATES TOP BUSINESS FRIENDLY STATES…JOBS…MICHIGAN
40…to see the ratings, articles and analysis to here:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/25350187/site/14081545/

SORRY I MISSED YOU THIS WEEKEND…more than usual, I heard
from folks that I missed their local events. This weekend we drove
two of our boys off to Catholic Summer Camp and then attacked an
ever growing “honey do” list. And I finally washed and
waxed my car that was starting to look like it was in
“campaign mode” and needed a little care. We have a
long way to go…thanks for all you do!

JACK HOOGENDYK FOR U.S. SENATE
…to follow the latest on Jack’s
campaign to defeat Carl Levin go to: http://www.jackformichigan.org/media.htm

SLATECARD…AN EASY WAY TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR
FRIENDS
…Slatecard was designed to allow easy, online way to
contribute and support our candidates for federal office. Please
take a minute to check it out…and hopefully help

CARD CHECK…Protect the workers’ right to a secret ballot.
The vast majority (around 81%) of Americans believe that American
workers have a right to have a secret ballot election before they
are forced to join a union. Last year the House Democrats passed a
bill that would strip American workers of the secret ballot. A new
bill should be introduced reaffirming that right, and it should be
brought up again and again until marginal Democrats are forced to
vote with the American people against the union power structure.
This, coming from a Teamster. For more information go to: http://www.unionfacts.com/cardcheck/whatIsCardcheck.cfm

PLATFORM INPUT… Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman
Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, Platform Committee Chairman U.S. Rep.
Kevin McCarthy (Calif.-22) and Platform Committee Co-Chairman U.S.
Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.) announced the launch of www.GOPPlatform2008.com, the
first, entirely web-based initiative that allows voters across the
nation to actively participate in the development of the 2008
Republican Party Platform. Make sure your voice is
heard….log in and
comment
.


************************************************************************

FOR THE LATEST NEWS,
COMMENTARY & INFORMATION:

Check…out…our…online
Articles of Interest………News…you…can…use………

************************************************************************

THE REST OF THE
STORY:
No further commentary today.


TODAY’S TOP STORIES

The following stories and more are available at my
Articles of Interest online.

Rush, Sean: We Need Your Help to Bring Down
Gas Prices

by
Tim Walberg 

Over
the past few weekends, I’ve held multiple events in my
largely rural south-central Michigan district to hear firsthand how
high gas prices are affecting my constituents. One single mother
offered remarks which I found particularly
memorable.

She
shared how she drives an hour, from Adrian to Ann Arbor, each way
to the hospital where she works. Because of high gas prices, she
recently requested and received permission to begin working back to
back 8 hour shifts, two days per week, so she doesn’t have to
make the hour long commute each day.

This
remarkable woman then shared something that really struck me. She
said that in a couple years, when her daughter turns 16, handing
her daughter the keys to the family car will be an extremely
stressful experience. But unlike when she was a teenager and her
father was worried about her driving abilities and the car’s
safety, this mother is worried she won’t be able to afford to
pay for the gas her daughter will use to take the family car out
and have a good time.

Bush will end executive ban on offshore
drilling

By
Jon Ward

President Bush on Monday repealed an executive order banning
offshore drilling for oil in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf,
increasing pressure on the Democratic-controlled Congress to follow
suit and remove their own moratorium.

“With
this action, the executive branch’s restrictions on this
exploration have been cleared away. This means that the only thing
standing between the American people and these vast oil resources
is action from the U.S. Congress,” Mr. Bush said, in a statement to
reporters at the White House.

Almost a month ago, Mr. Bush called on Congress to lift their
ban on offshore drilling and said he would lift the presidential
prohibition, instituted by his father in 1990, whenever Democrats
did the same.

Some text messages
sealed in Detroit mayor case

By
COREY WILLIAMS
The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A number of previously unreleased text
messages in the criminal case against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and
his former top aide will remain under seal, a judge ruled
Monday.

District Court Judge Ronald Giles said texts that could be
subject to a privilege challenge by defense lawyers or would be
inadmissible in a preliminary examination will be sealed and not
included in Kilpatrick’s criminal case file.

Defense lawyers say the messages could threaten the ability to
get a fair trial and were illegally obtained.

GOP should get serious about
cyberspace

By
DAVID ALL & SAULIUS “SAUL” ANUZIS

It’s time for Republicans to get serious about the online
revolution before it’s too late. While the Democrats keep
extending their political reach into cyberspace, too many in our
party keep pretending the Internet will go away.

Like
a predator approaching an ostrich with its head in the sand, the
Internet will not disappear. In fact, the Internet is quickly
consuming many aspects of our lives, including how we engage with
the political world. To ensure our party’s future,
Republicans must start to navigate this intersection of technology
and politics as deftly as the Democrats have.

In
this election cycle, Democrats have used the Internet to build a
campaign infrastructure, allowing them to outraise, outorganize and
outcommunicate Republicans. We can scoff at Howard Dean, but he
used the tools of the Internet to build a national fundraising base
of small donors and activists. Likewise, Barack Obama is poised to
be nominated largely because he knew how to deal with the
distributed, open nature of the Internet. 

Obama’s Liberal Shock
Troops

By
John Fund

While
he is a skilled candidate, Barack Obama’s ability to surprise, stun
and sweep over the vaunted Clinton Machine to capture the
Democratic nomination was rooted in his background as a community
organizer. He’s now turning those skills to the general
election.

But
liberals aren’t just on the march on the presidential level. This
year, liberal activists are spending parts of the fortunes of their
wealthy donors to transform politics at the state and local
level.

In
2005, billionaire investor George Soros convened a group of 70
super-rich liberal donors in Phoenix to evaluate why their efforts
to defeat President Bush had failed. One conclusion was that they
needed to step up their long-term efforts to dominate key
battleground states. The donors formed a group called Democracy
Alliance to make grants in four areas: media, ideas, leadership and
civic engagement. Since then, Democracy Alliance partners have
donated over $100 million to key progressive
organizations.

Shift on war hits Obama’s liberal
base

Joseph Curl

Sen.
John McCain on Monday accused his Democratic presidential rival of
flip-flopping on the war in Iraq, as a pair of new polls showed the
Republican’s strategy of painting Sen. Barack Obama as politically
expedient is beginning to take hold with voters.

As
Mr. Obama repositions himself for the general election after
exclusively targeting the Democratic base of committed liberals, it
leaves some voters on the left feeling he is abandoning them on
their top issue – Iraq – and has independents questioning his
veracity.

“If a
perception takes hold that a candidate is flip-flopping on core
convictions, that will hurt,” pollster Scott Rasmussen said, noting
that nearly a third of voters are “up for grabs” this
fall.

Hill Democrats miffed at Obama

By
JOHN BRESNAHAN

After
a brief bout of Obamamania, some Capitol Hill Democrats have begun
to complain privately that Barack Obama’s presidential
campaign is insular, uncooperative and inattentive to their hopes
for a broad Democratic victory in November.

“They think they know what’s right and everyone
else is wrong on everything,” groused one senior Senate
Democratic aide. “They are kind of insufferable at this
point.”

Among
the grievances described by Democratic leadership
insiders:

• Until a mailing that went out in the past few days,
Obama had done little fundraising for Democratic candidates since
signing off on e-mailed fundraising appeals for the Democratic
Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee immediately after 

McCain rejects Obama attack on
immigration

By
Steve Holland – Reuters

SAN
DIEGO (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful John McCain
defended himself on Monday against charges from Democrat Barack
Obama that he adopted a more aggressive stance against illegal
immigration for political purposes.

McCain’s support among Hispanic Americans is lagging behind
that of Obama, who has attracted many Hispanics who had supported
Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Hispanics are a key
constituency in the November 4 election and could make a difference
in several battleground states.

In a
lively appearance before the National Council of La Raza, one of
the most important advocacy groups in the United States for
Hispanic Americans, McCain rejected the organizers’ attempts to cut
off audience questioning of him, at one point tossing his
microphone to a man so he could pose his query.

Farmington Hills welcomes
Romney

By
SHAUN BYRON – The Oakland Press

In a
sign that Michigan – and Oakland County – is part of the
presidential battleground this year, former Massachusetts governor
and Michigan native Mitt Romney was the featured guest Monday at
the grand opening of presumed Republican presidential nominee John
McCain’s regional campaign headquarters in Farmington
Hills.

McCain has staked out turf in Oakland County for the coming
months of the campaign against Illinois Sen. Barack
Obama.

Obama’s campaign, meanwhile, is importing 150 election workers
into the state and searching for office space.

McCain to campaign Friday at GM center in
Warren

By
KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate
John McCain plans to hold an invitation-only town hall meeting
Friday morning at the General Motors Technical Center in
Warren.

The
visit comes a week after the Arizona senator met with about 250
people at a campaign stop at auto supplier Bayloff Stamped Products
in Wayne County’s Van Buren Township. He’ll start his swing through
Michigan this week with a Thursday fundraiser at the Ferrysburg
home of former ambassador Peter Secchia.

McCain spokeswoman Leah Yoon said the town hall meeting will
give the Arizona senator a chance to talk about his incentives for
next-generation vehicles and the need to move to new technology
such as the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in electric car that’s being
designed at the Technical Center. GM plans to have the Volt on the
market by 2010.